Jewish Heritage Europe

Museums, Memorials & Cultural Institutions

 

JEWISH MUSEUMS: The J-Italy.org web site includes a brief history of Jewish museums in Italy

 

GENERAL & WEB

Fondazione per i Beni Culturali Ebraici in Italia Onlus (Foundation for Jewish Cultural Heritage in Italy)

Lungotevere Raffaello Sanzio 9
00153 Roma
Tel.:  +39 06 4554 2301
Secretary: Diletta Cesana (Tel: +39 340 736 8280)
Email: fondazione@ucei.it
Skype: fbcei.onlus

Established in 1986 by the Union of Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI) to preserve, conserve, restore and promote the Jewish cultural heritage of Italy.

CDEC: Fondazione Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea (Center for Contemporary Jewish Documentation)

Italy’s main center for documenting Holocaust history and anti-Semitism, with links to many resources, archives, bibliographies and more, including online issues of its journal, Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History (Questioni di storia ebraica contemporanea) .

via Eupili, 8
20145 Milano
Tel: +39 02 316338
Email: cdec@cdec.it

Cesare Colafemmina Center for the Study of Judaism in the Mediterranean Region

Center founded in 2012 that will house the archives and library of the late scholar Cesare Colafemmina and sponsor research on the Jewish presence in southern Italy.

International Catacombs Society

21 Cummings Park, Suite 220
Woburn, MA 01801
Tel: 781-729-1150
Fax: 781-369-1106
Email: info@catacombsociety.org

The Society promotes awareness of the need for preservation, restoration, and documentation of the catacombs in Rome (with a special focus on the Jewish catacombs) and other sites that contain paintings, epigraphy, and artifacts depicting the cultures and customs of early religions under the Roman Empire.

Italia Judaica

Founded in 1960 and now part of the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center.

Italian Association for Jewish Studies (Associazione Italiana per lo Studio del Giudaismo)

J-Italy.org

A project of the Primo Levi Center, the Italian Government Tourism Board and the Union of Italian Jewish Communities that aims to be “a dynamic guide to both historical and contemporary Jewish Italy, allowing viewers to explore, at their own pace, the cultural treasures of the most ancient Diaspora community in the West.” May resources, links and articles.

The Medici Archive Project

Searchable online database of the archive of the Medici Grand Dukes. Established by Grand Duke Cosimo I in 1569, its millions of documents offer the most complete record of any princely regime in Renaissance and Baroque Europe. The online system allows users to search for people, places, topics and document synopsis and extracts in the thousands of documents indexed by Project researchers, with new information added every month. Part of the project is a Jewish Research Program that includes a project to map the historic Florence ghetto.

INDIVIDUAL MUSEUMS & INSTITUTIONS, ARRANGED BY REGION, NORTH TO SOUTH

PIEDMONT

ASTI

Jewish Museum in Asti (in the 18th-century Synagogue)

via Ottolenghi, 8
14100 Asti (AT) – Italy
Tel: +39 0141 399489 / 399466 / 399508 / 590003
Fax: +39 0141 558338
Email: musei@comune.asti.it – info@israt.it

CARMAGNOLA

Synagogue

Via Bertini, 8
Carmagnola

Permanent exhibition on the architecture of synagogues in Piedmont.

CASALE MONFERRATO

Museo ebraico di Casale Monferrato (Jewish Museum of Casale Monferrato)

Vicolo Salomone Olper 44
I-15033 Casale Monferrato (AL)
Tel: +39-0142-71807
Fax: +39-0142-590137
Email: segreteria@casalebraica.org
Email: casalenoprofit@casalebraica.org

Museo dei lumi (Contemporary art collection of Hanukkah lamps)

Vicolo Salomone Olper 44
I-15033 Casale Monferrato (AL)
Tel: +39-0142-71807
Fax: +39-0142-590137
Email: casalenoprofit@casalebraica.org

Both museums are located in the complex centered on the opulent synagogue.

TORINO (TURIN)

B. & A. Terracini Jewish Archives (Archivio Ebraico B & A Terracini)

Jewish community building complex
Piazzetta Primo Levi 12<
10125 Torino
Tel: +39 011 6508332
Fax: +39 011 6691173
Email:  info@archivioterracini.it

Founded in 1973 as “The  Benvenuto Terracini Archive of  Jewish Traditions and Customs”, the archive’s core was a rich legacy of manuscripts and rare editions from the family of the linguist Benvenuto Terracini (1876-1968) and his brother Alexander. It served as the center for  the collecting, cataloging, study and promotion of  the Jewish heritage of Piedmont. Over the last nearly 40 years the patrimony of the Archives has significantly expanded in size and depth. Its collections, primarily focused on the Jewish history and heritage of the Piedmont region, include institutional and family archives, Kettubot, photographs, sheet music and recordings, architectural drawings of Piedmont synagogues, and more.

LOMBARDY

MILAN

CDEC: Fondazione Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea (Center for Contemporary Jewish Documentation)

In addition to its online databases, CDEC has an extensive historic archive and 25,000-volume library with a searchable catalogue.

via Eupili, 8
20145 Milano
Tel: +39 02 316338
Emails:
General: cdec@cdec.it
Library: biblio@cdec.it
Historical Archives: arch.stor@cdec.it
Video-Library: video@cdec.it

SONCINO

Museo della Stampa (Printing Museum)

Casa degli stampatori ebrei Soncino
Via Lanfranco, 6 /8
26029 Soncino (Cr)
Tel: + 39 0374 83171
Email: info@museostampasoncino.it

History of printing especially related to the Soncino family of pioneer Jewish printers. The museum is located in the building that once housed the Soncino printing works. The Soncino’s operated one of the world’s first Hebrew printing presses. Their first Hebrew book, the Talmud tractate Berakoth, was printed in 1484.

ALTO ADIGE/SUD TIROL

MERANO (MERAN)

Museo ebraico di Merano / Jüdisches Museum Meran (Jewish Museum Meran)

Schillerstraße 14
I-39012 Meran/Merano
Tel: +39 0473 236127
Fax: +39 0473 237520
Email: meranoebraica@hotmail.com

VENETO

PADOVA

Jewish Heritage Museum

Via delle Piazze 26
35122 Padova

Opened in May 2015 in the refurbished former Sinagoga Tedesca, it displays selected items from the Jewish community’s extensive collections and also programs films about Padova Jewish history. It also arranged guided tours of the Jewish cemeteries.

Click here for further information, hours, etc

VENICE

Museo Ebraico di Venezia (Jewish Museum Venice)

Cannaregio 2902-B (Campo del Ghetto Nuovo)
I-30121 Venice
Tel: +39 041 715359
Fax: +39 041 723007
Email: museoebraico@codesscultura.it

Venice Center for International Jewish Studies (Beit Venezia)

San Marco 3536
30124 Venice
Email: info@venicejewishstudies.org

Renato Maestro Library and Archives

Cannaregio 2899
30121 Venice
Tel: +39 041 718833
Email: renatomaestro@libero.it

FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA

GORIZIA

“Jerusalem on the Isonzo” Museum in the Synagogue

Via G. I. Ascoli 19
Tel: +39 0481 532115
Fax: 0481 522056

On the lower floor of the synagogue, no longer used for religious services, located in the one-time Jewish ghetto.  The museum, run by the Friends of Israel Association, also houses a room dedicated to the Gorizia-born philosopher Carlo Michelstaedter .

TRIESTE

Carlo and Vera Wagner Jewish Museum

via del Monte 5/7
Trieste
Tel: +39 040 633819
Email: museumcarloeverawagner@triestebraica.it

Risiera di San Sabba

via Giovanni Palatucci, 5
Tel.  +39 040 826 202
Email: risierasansabba@comune.trieste.it

Civic museum at the site of a former  rice-husking facility built in 1898 that was used by the Nazis as a prison, deportation center, and death camp.

See video (in English):

EMILIA-ROMAGNA

BOLOGNA

Museo Ebraico di Bologna (Jewish Museum Bologna)

Via Valdonica 1/5
I-40126 Bologna
Tel: +39 051 2911280
fax: +39 051 235430
Email: info@museoebraicobo.it

Click to take a Virtual Tour of the museum

CARPI

Fondazione Fossoli – Monument-Museum of the Deported

Via G. Rovighi, 57
41012 Carpi (MO)
Tel. +39 059.688272
Fax +39 059.688483
Email:  fondazione.fossoli@carpidiem.it

Located in a building that houses the former 17th and 18th century synagogues, the museum and foundation are dedicated to the World War II deportation camp at Fossoli, just outside Carpi.

FERRARA

MEIS: National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah (Museo Nazionale dell’Ebraismo Italiano e della Shoah)

Via Piangipane, Ferrara
Tel. +39 0532 769137
Fax +39 0532 711772
Email: info@meisweb.it

National Jewish museum under development in a former prison building dating from 1912. It officially opened in December 2017 with a temporary exhibit on the first 1,000 years of Jewish experience in Italy. The entire museum, with permanent core exhibition displayed in modern new buildings is expected in 2020.

Jewish Museum Ferrara 

Via Mazzini 95
Ferrara

Jewish community museum located in a 15th century building in the heart of the former Ghetto that still houses two active synagogues. (Currently closed due to earthquake damage).

PARMA

Biblioteca Palatina (De Rossi Collection)

Strada alla Pilotta 3
43100 Parma
Tel: +39 0521 220411
Fax: +39 0521 235662

One of the most important collections of early Hebrew manuscripts and printed works. Assembled by  the Abbot Giovanni Bernardo De Rossi (1742-1831) it includes 1432 codexes ffrom the 11th to 15th centuries, many of the richly illuminated, and  1464 printed volumes from the 15th to 18th centuries.

SORAGNA

Fausto Levi Jewish Museum

Via Cavour, 43
43019 Soragna (PR)
Tel and Fax: +39 0524 599399

The web site has a “virtual tour” of this small museum located in the former synagogue.

TUSCANY

FLORENCE

Jewish Museum and Synagogue Florence

Via Luigi Carlo Farini 6,
50121 Firenze
Tel + 39 055 2346654
Fax + 39 055 244145
Email: itinerariebraici@cscsigma.it

Opera del Tempio

Foundation set up within the Jewish community to handle restoration and upkeep of the synagogue and Jewish cemeteries in Florence  and Siena and the Jewish cemetery in Monte San Savino.

LIVORNO

Jewish Museum (in Oratorio Marini)

Via Micali 21
Tel: +39 0586 839772
Email: amarantaservice@virgilio.it

Includes Judaica, textiles and a permanent exhibit about the Jewish school in Livorno under Fascism. Generally open by appointment. Click for description in Italian.

Click to take a virtual tour of the Museum

PITIGLIANO

Synagogue and Museum of Jewish Culture

vicolo Marghera
58017 Pitigliano (GR)
Tel./fax: +39 0564614230
Cell. +39 3281907173
Email: lapiccolagerusalemme@libero.it

Associazione “La Piccola Gerusalemme della Maremma”

Vicolo Marghera, s.n.c.
58017 Pitigliano (GR)
Tel: +39 0564 614230
Email: lapiccolagerusalemme@libero.it

LAZIO

FONDI

Jewish Medieval Museum

Largo Elio Toaff (formerly Largo Aurilio Rufo)
Fondi, Italy 04022
Tel: +39 0771 513644

Opened in 2017 in a building believed to have been the site of the synagogue in the medieval Jewish quarter, or Giudea, the museum is administered by the Monti Ausoni Regional Nature Park and Lake Fondi, and it was financed by EU, state, regional, and other public funding through a project called the Completion of the Medieval Jewish Museum.

Download the Museum Catalogue (in English and Italian)

Listen to an audio guide to the museum (in Italian, but other languages may come)

Facebook Page for the Museum

Read our JHE post about the museum’s opening.

ROME

Museo Ebraico di Roma (Jewish Museum Rome)

Lungotevere Cenci (Tempio) 9
I-00186 Roma
Tel: +39-06-68400661
Fax: +39-06-68400684
Email: info@museoebraico.roma.it

Archivio Storico della Comunita Ebraica Romana (Rome Jewish Community Archives)

Lungotevere Cenci (Tempio)
00186 Roma
Tel/Fax: +39 06 68400663

Centro Bibliografico (Jewish Archive and Library)

Lungotevere Sanzio 5
00153  Rome
Email: centrobibliografico@ucei.it

PUGLIA (APULIA)

LECCE

Palazzo Taurino – Medieval Jewish Lecce

Via Umberto I n° 9
73100 Lecce (LE)
Tel: +39 0832 247016 / +39 338 2511859
Email: info@palazzotaurino.com

TRANI

Synagogue Museum Santa Anna

SINAGOGA MUSEO S. ANNA
Via La Giudea, 24
(corner of Via San Martino)
70059 Trani
Tel. +39 0883 582470
E-mail info@fondazioneseca.it

The museum is housed in the heart of the Old Town in the medieval Scola Grande synagogue, which was transformed into St. Anna’s church.